Morning Reads: Silver’s Side, Hopes For Essex Crossing Movie Theater, Citi Bike Woes

Assemblyman Karim Camera, head of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, defended Sheldon Silver during a radio interview.  Camera said he doesn’t necessarily believe all the details in last week’s New York Times story blaming Silver for the 47 year delay in developing SPURA.  Separately, Silver’s spokesperson maintained the Speaker was not the problem. Michael Whyland said, the urban renewal site “remained undeveloped because of a failure to achieve a consensus at the community level about the area’s future.” (Observer)

Many factors, including “wishful projections and political considerations, forces of nature and misadventures in paperwork” have imperiled Citi Bike (NYT).

Margaret Chin is among a group that filed suit against the mayor over his decision to allow charter schools to be housed in DOE buildings (Post).

Diary of a guest at the Bowery Whitehouse, dubbed New York’s “worst hostel.” (Curbed)

The St. Mark’s Bookshop has settled on a new location (EV Grieve).

Another look at 70 Hester Street, the film about growing up in a former synagogue building (The Forward).